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"An unconventional, yet spot-on children's entertainer and education advocate."

PBS Parents


"He's wickedly funny!"

Parenting Magazine


"A delightfully subversive antidote to Mr. Rogers."

Tom Lehrer


"A one-man symphony of comic anarchy. At a time when vast numbers of our kids see school as endless drudgery, Polisar says otherwise. He says, isn't the English language fun?"

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, Maryland


"He gives kids the giggles. Tons of giggles. And the children might be joined by chuckling parents that Polisar entertained 30 years ago."

The Washington Post
Washington, DC



Who is Barry Louis Polisar...

...and why are they saying all these things about him?


You have probably heard many of Barry's songs and stories already.

Barry sings his song All I Want is You in the opening credits of the Academy Award winning film Juno and his songs are featured in other movies, television shows, and TV commercials throughout the world.

Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and he presents concerts and author visits in schools from Washington DC to Fairbanks, Alaska. Barry's books and poems for children have been translated into many other languages.

Barry performs his songs on two different Grammy Award-winning albums and he has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader. A regular musical performer on The Learning Channel, Barry also starred in a television show for children that won two different Emmy awards. He is a five-time Parents' Choice Award winner and was given a Special Library Recognition Award for his "ability to communicate with and excite children to read."

Barry has been writing, singing, and performing for over forty years and his songs have been recorded by singers and musicians all over the world. A 2-CD "Tribute" album features sixty of Barry's songs performed by many musicians who listened to his songs when they were children.

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